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Where Science, History & Art Connect for All Ages 
 Through Hands-On Activities & Explorations Both Indoors & Outdoors
Established in 1991 ~ A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation

TODAY!
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm or by Appointment
by Calling 231.536.3369 or 877.833.4254

Summer Hours:
Open Weekdays 10 am-4 pm, Saturdays Noon-4 pm and Sundays 2-4 pm

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 4737 Fuller Road | East Jordan, Michigan 49727
A rural setting with pond, swamp, forests & fields on 157 acres in Charlevoix County in Northern Lower Michigan
Raven Hill's Sphinx and Pyramid
Contact Us:
231.536.3369 | 877.833.4254 | fax 231.536.0132 
info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org

Open All Year!
Raven Hill's Fall, Winter and Spring Hours:
Saturday: Noon - 4 pm
Sunday: 2 pm - 4 pm
Also Open by Appointment Monday through Friday and Other Hours During the Weekend!
Schedule Your Visit, ClassField TripSpecial Group, Party, Reunion or Outreach Today
by Calling 231.536.3369 or 877.833.4254 or Emailing info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org! 

Earth Tones Music Garden

Admission Price:
Members: Free Membership form
$8 for Adults and Children
 Free for Babies Staying in Backpacks or Strollers

2014 UPCOMING EVENTS

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2014 
Summer hours: Monday through Friday Open 10:00 am-4:00 pm; Saturday Open Noon to 4:00 pm; Sunday 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Also open by appointment other hours!
 
 
July 24
NOrthern Michigan Astronomy Club Meeting 8:30 pm at Raven Hill.  Viewing following weather permitting
August 9
FREE Second Saturday with FREE Admission for Families from Noon to 4:00 pm (No Groups or Organizations)

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RAVEN HILL DISCOVERY CENTER EVENT DETAILS

Raven Hill Discovery Center Summer Hours in Effect: Open Weekdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm! Open Saturdays from Noon to 4:00 pm and Sundays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm! Also Open by Appointment

Summer hours are in effect! Be sure to sign up for a summer class. There is something to interest everyone - Science, History or Art and the connections between them!

Open Weekdays: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Open Saturdays: Noon to 4:00 pm
Open Sundays:   2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Also Open by Appointment

 NOMAC (NOrthern Michigan Astronomy Club) Monthly Meeting at 8:30 pm at Raven Hill Discovery Center on Thursday, July 24, 2014

NOMAC (NOrthern Michigan Astronomy Club) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, July 24th, at 8:30 pm at Raven Hill Discover Center.  Meetings are always on Thursdays and are planned to be close to the optimal viewing time each month. Weather permitting, observing occurs after the meeting. So dress accordingly!  All are welcome to join regular members.

July CMU Graduate Courses at Raven Hill for 2014 

Professional Development for Teachers and Interested Others

Graduate credit classes for educators through Central Michigan University, Off-Campus Programs at Raven Hill Discovery Center are offered year-round: two consecutive weekends during the school year and one week (Monday through Thursday) during the summer months.

CMU Credit Information

Each session offers three semester hours of graduate credit through Central Michigan University. Credit is accepted by most school districts toward professional certificate renewal or teacher recertification and may also be used to comply with the School Administrator continuing education requirement. If you are working on a degree program, please consult with your advisor or certification office to determine if the course will apply to your program.  Dates and times for 2014 off campus graduate courses at Raven Hill are now available. Sign up for June and July 2014 classes now!! In fact, you may also sign up for any 2014 classes!

Art Across the Ages (AAA)

July 24-21 (WD)

 SAIL (Students Actively Investigating Links) through Science

July 7-10 (WD)

Click here for 2014 Flyer of CMU, Off-Campus Programs at Raven Hill Discovery Center

FREE (Families Reaching for Educational Excellence) Second Saturday from Noon to 4:00 pm on August 9, 2014

Saturday, August 9, 2014, FREE 2nd Saturday

The popular FREE SECOND SATURDAY: FAMILY AFFAIR events continue at Raven Hill Discovery Center through 2014 with the next event on August 9th with FREE ADMISSION for Families from Noon to 4:00 pm.  Families can explore the hands-on museum and animals indoors and enjoy the outdoor exhibits as weather permits. Bring the whole family or make it a special event for parent and child.

Please no organizations or groups on FREE 2nd Saturdays - remember, it's a family affair! 

Raven Hill is excited to announce that FREE Second Saturdays: A Family Affair are fully funded for 2014 thanks to an anonymous donor! 2013 was also fully funded thanks to an anonymous donor. In 2012, FREE 2nd Saturday was sponsored by the Charlevoix County Community Foundation from February through November and Charlevoix Lions Club in December 2012. THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPONSORS OVER THE YEARS!

Click here for the 2014 Free Second Saturday Flyer

2014 Raven Hill Discovery Center Calendar

Download the 2014 Raven Hill Discovery Center Calendar

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2014 SPECIAL EVENTS


Sunday, July 13, 2014  Memorial Honoring Timothy Leach, Co-Founder of Raven Hill Discovery Center from Noon to 4:00 pm

Saturday, July 19, 2014  Raven Hill’s Summer Magic 2014: Full Steam Ahead at 6 pm

 

The excitement built as Raven Hill Discovery Center prepared for its annual fundraiser.  This year’s summer festival theme was “Full Steam Ahead” and supporters of the nonprofit family-oriented science, art and history education center and museum again gathered to help the facility continue its year-round goals.  This year’s major sponsors include Andre M Poineau Woodworker, Inc., East Jordan Plastics, ej and Darrell Jacob and Friar Monk's Gallery and Frame Shop.  Last year’s event raised more than $14,000 among corporate sponsors, silent auction proceeds and other monetary donations.


This year’s benefit festival begam at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Raven Hill Discovery Center, 4737 Fuller Road, in rural East Jordan.  Tickets were $30 per person and were available in advance or at the door on the day of the event.  You can still support Raven Hill by call (231) 536-3369 to make a donation or for more infomation email info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org.  or visit the web site at www.ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org 

 

On this one night a year, Raven Hill is reserved for adults only and a “steampunk” theme was visible everywhere this year. A big thank you to Jennifer Monk-Reising and Gayle Levengood for the fun decorations.  Area musicians entertained, Nathan Bates Catering provided hors d’oeuvres. Visitors browsed the spectacular silent auction and explored the grounds.  There was a robotics demonstration in the Evolving Technology Building, the new Wood Shop was open and the off-the-grid Energy House provided a retrospective of co-founder, Tim Leach’s artwork. Guests explored the hands-on exhibits in the museum, met the animals, enjoyed the wheelchair-accessible Tree House and explored many other exhibits at the Center.  A short program ended with the annual balloon pop where guests purchased $10 balloons, each holding a prize valued from $10 to $350.

Raven Hill Discovery Center is the only place in northern Lower Michigan where children and adults can link science, history & the arts with hands-on activities and explorations both indoors and outdoors.  Connections emerge through classes, exhibits and facilities that provide opportunities for all ages to learn, create, grow and play.  The Center sits in the middle of 157 acres and is surrounded by forests, fields, swamps and ponds.  It is adjacent to Little Traverse Conservancy‘s Raven Ridge Nature Preserve.  Since 1991, more than 175,000 visitors have enjoyed the offerings.  Open seven days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Raven Hill Discovery Center is also open all year on weekends and always by appointment.  Proceeds from Raven Hill’s annual summer festival support ongoing programs to connect science, art and history, as well as provide much-needed matching dollars for grant awards.  As a nonprofit and tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, both monetary and in-kind donations to Raven Hill are federally tax-deductible.


Steampunk Decoration

Saturday, July 19, 2014  Raven Hill’s Summer Magic 2014: Full Steam Ahead
6 pm ~ Adults only

Summer Magic 2014: Full Steam Ahead at 6 pm on Saturday, July 19th was a great success! That meant that steampunk was EVERYWHERE! Supporters of Raven Hill, new and old, enjoyed the adults-only fundraiser on the grounds of Raven Hill. There were new and exciting decorations, entertainment and catered hors d’oeuvres. The silent auction will be spectacular!

You can still be a sponsor by filling in the forms below or contact 231.536.3369 ~ 877.833.4254 or info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org 

Please Consider Being a Sponsor. Even though the event has occurred, you can still show your support by filling out the form below:

 

Please Support our Sponsors Below!

Summer Magic 2014 Sponsors

5 Star Sponsors:

Andre M Poineau Woodworker, Inc.

Darrell Jacob

East Jordan Plastics, Inc.

EJ

Friar Tuck's Gallery & Frame Shop, L.L.C

4 Star Sponsors:

In Memory of Dean & Bonnie Culver, Van Dam Custom Boats, WCMU-CMU Public Broadcasting

3 Star Sponsors:

Cherry Hill Greenhouse; Diane Strzelinski; F. O. Barden & Sons, Inc. Do It Best Home Center; Gayle Levengood; Gillard Enterprises; In Memory of Timothy Leach, Co-Founder of Raven Hill Discovery Center; Joani Braun; Lake Michigan Yacht Sales; Mullaly's 128 Studio and Gallery; Parallel North Productions; Progressive Dental Care, PC; Shelia & Walter Klaczko; Ward & Eis Gallery; The Wood Shop

2 Star Sponsors:

Boynes' Beyond Borders, Cafe Sante, Call of the Wild, Chateau Chantal, Chris and Georganna Monk, CindiFranco's Cool Stuff, Gaylord Eye Care Center/Eyes on Main, Genealogy Interest Group, Jennifer Monk-Reising, Jordan Valley Glass Works, Kevin & Fay Keane, Luke Buck, Martha Clapp, Martha Jager, Matt & Katie McLeod, Nancy Ann Hellman & Glenn Hindbaugh, Northern Michigan Review, Robinson's Landscaping & Nursery, SweetGrass Custom Picture Framing, University of Michigan Athletic Department

1 Star Sponsors:

A Touch of Spring, Ace Hardware of Boyne City, Adams Madams, Amy Gillard, Arch Dettman, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Aten Place, B & L Sound, Inc.- Radio Shack Dealer, Bea Grody, Bearcub Outfitters, Beaver Island Boat Company, Bird's Nest, Blue Sky Designs, Boyne Avenue Greenhouse and Florist Shop, Boyne Co-Op True Value, Boyne Country Provisions and Wine Emporium & Market, Boyne Trading Company, Bridge Street Tap Room, Cafe 32, Contemporustic Furniture Design/Kirby Snively, Country Now & Then - Up the Lazy River, Creative Canvas, Dave Clapp, Dripworks Coffee, Elaine Dettman, en vogue salon, Flowers from Nature's Garden, Fustini's Oils & Vinegars, George & Pat LeMay, Goodhart Glass Works, Grain Train Natural Foods Market, Gruler's Farm Supply, Hannie Kuieck, Harbor Health and Fitness Center, Horton Bay General Store, Indo-China Gardens, Inspired Living, Iron Skillet Restaurant, Jake's Place Tavern, Jim & Inge Ledahl, Julie Werlein's PartyLite, Kilwin's Boyne City, Kilwin's of Charlevoix, Kris Busk, Lake Street Market, Laura Chaney, Logo Pros Embroidery & Screen Printing, Mancelona Veterinary Hospital, Mary Beth Designs, Mary's of Boyne, McGill's Nature in Motion, Meg McClorey, Monarch Garden and Floral Design, Nico's Pizza and Grinders, Northern Bear Country Store, Otis Pottery, Painted Cottage, Peach Blow Pottery, Pillywiggins Garden, Pine Hill Nursery, Pine River Books LLC, Providence Organic Farm, CSA, Railside Bar & Grill, Red Mesa Grill, Riverside Tire Company, Inc./Boyne 10 Minute Oil Change, Roast & Toast Coffee and Cafe, Robert & Alice Pattengale, Royal Farms Farm Market & Winery, Scovie's Gourmet Deli & Bake Shop, Siegrist Farm and Greenhouse, Simonsen's Bakery, Sky's The Limit, Smoke On The Water, Subway of Boyne City, Tom & Marge Teske, Upsy-Daisy Floral, Walloon Lake General Store and Deli

 

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Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs National Endowment for the Arts
This web site supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts                       through Raven Hill Discovery Center’s 2013 and 2014 Operational Grant Awards.

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Raven Hill is:

  • A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation
  • Member of the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Museum Alliance
  • Host to NOthern Michigan Astronomy Club
  • 2005 Crooked Tree Arts Center eddi Award recipient for Arts & Cultural Organizations
  • Presenter in Michigan's 2012-2015 Arts & Humanities Touring Directory